Reuse an old tree to make a log pathway in your garden. Good use of "yard" trees and other wood that can't be milled; works much better in climates without termites. Good drainage under the log rounds will make the path last longer.
Build a log pathway by wood don't Worry about Rot simply Paint on a few coats of water Based Water Proofer to both sides of the wood . (decks and Fences). for Termites buy a few blocks of candle wax melt in pot and brush on to bottom side of wood also
Elf house on a tree! That would be cute in the garden, especially in the tree over grown with ivy. How about some battery tea lights in the windows during outdoor parties. I hear the fairies/elves whispering "home school project" in my ear.